Monday, February 4, 2013

* This Is All Mine (revised 2/5/13)


Ed Koch was 88 years old, twenty years older than my age, when he died a few days ago.  A trailer for the documentary "Koch" features his voice in the background as a plane glides over a New York brilliantly lit up in the night sky, a voice joking, "This belongs to me."

In a way it does.  

Memory is the greatest bank in our world , and Koch's memories of New York are as much his "belongings"  as the very city itself those memories mirror.  

"Mirror is the wrong word. The city is a lens through which Koch sees what become his memories.

I feel the same way about my own heritage as I grow older:  New Haven and Yale belong to me  in a way they can be nobody else's; they are a constantly self- adjusting lens through which I see the world.

Creating The Anti-Yale blog and posting on The Yale Daily News are both ways of  sharing with others what  belongs to me:  The almost seven decade Yale/New Haven  vantage point through which I see the world.

One other thing.  

Koch's hubris in saying "This belongs to me " is no hubris at all. 

Consciousness is the greatest real-estate agent in the world.  Every moment we are conscious we "purchase" what we see, hear, feel, touch, taste, and smell, a purchase which will appreciate in the bank of our memory in ways we can only guess with passage of time.

This is indeed all mine: This glorious thing called consciousness.

What a gift.

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